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Central Coast university gets $5.6 million grant to promote heart health among pregnant women, infants

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The federal government is funding a $5.6 million dollar project by Cal Poly researchers to improve heart health among pregnant women and infants.

Research will involve low-income mothers in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Fresno Counties.

A Central Coast university received a huge federal grant to study, and promote heart health among pregnant women, and infants.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Center for Health Research is getting $5.6 million from the National Institutes of Health for the cardiovascular health project.

The Cal Poly grant’s focus will be on working with low income mothers and their infants in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Fresno Counties.

Researchers will develop and implement a program designed to reduce heart disease risk factors like obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, and poor diet and sleep habits. Cal Poly students will be involved in tracking the effects on the program’s participants.

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